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Researchers Asked Cis People If They Would Date Trans People (from Tonic): “Whether people were open to dating a trans person depended on several factors, including their age, education level, religiosity, and gender identity. Specifically, those who were older, had graduated from college, and were not religious were more open to having a trans partner. The same was true for people who were trans themselves or who identified as non-binary.”
Talking A Bit About International Pronoun Day (from Sin/God via Patheos): “People should be encouraged to do things that allow them to feel more comfortable in their own skin without being subjected to insults and being dehumanized by people who don’t “agree” with them. Respecting someone’s pronouns and respecting an aspect of their personal identity is not something that should be controversial and it isn’t difficult. By asking people who don’t conform to the gender binary to pretend they do we’re not only disrespecting them but we’re also asking them to lie to themselves for our sakes. By asking or worse demanding that people who are trans identify as the gender their parents or society assigned to them at birth we’re disrespecting them and refusing to acknowledge their own agency and reality. That’s not okay.”
The Price of Rage (from Slate): “Recent events have provoked a similar feeling, but in a sizable portion of the American population. The tricky thing about anger is that once it’s fully activated, it will not disperse. There are varietals of anger, of course—entitled people have eruptions of ill-temper all the time—but those spoiled outbursts have nothing on the power of anger provoked by humiliation. That kind—the kind blossoming right now in response to systemic injustice and needless cruelty—is a slow, slow burn. It does not go away. It does not dissipate. And I grieve its rising tide in this country more than I celebrate it, because it testifies to the harm that has made it bloom.”
My Cancer Free Life: A reality series designed to promote Stanislaw Burzynski’s quackery (from Science-Based Medicine): “Stanislaw Burzynski has been selling a dubious treatment known as antineoplastons to desperate cancer patients since the late 1970s. Unfortunately, there are those who are all too willing to promote the myth of a Brave Maverick Doctor who can cure cancer. Several years ago, it was Eric Merola. Now it’s Uchenna Agu, a reality TV star turned producer. He plans on making a reality docuseries featuring patients “cured of cancer” by Burzynski. Worse, local Houston station KHOU-TV promoted his project on its morning show Great Day Houston.”
The Child-Abuse Contrarian (from the New Yorker): “In the past seven years, Holick said, he has consulted or testified as an expert witness in more than three hundred child-abuse cases throughout the U.S., as well as the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Australia, Germany, and Canada. In almost every case, he has made the same finding: instead of blaming any injuries on abuse, he has diagnosed the child with a rare genetic disorder, hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, a condition that affects the connective tissues of the skin, bones, and joints. A handful of studies on adults have linked EDS to bone fragility, and Holick argues that children with the disorder have weaker bones, which can fracture from normal handling. So far, his theory is not supported by the scientific literature, but Holick is convinced that “thousands, if not tens of thousands,” of parents worldwide have been falsely accused of fracturing their children’s bones. “It’s just terrible,” he told me. “I feel so sorry for these parents.””
Requiem for the Supreme Court (from the Atlantic): “Critically, skeptically, but deeply, I loved that Supreme Court. Where is it? Where is the Court that claimed it was at least striving to transcend partisan politics?
That Court is gone forever. We will spend at least the rest of my lifetime fighting over its rotting corpse. No prating about civility can change that fact. The fight is upon us now, and the party that shirks it will be destroyed.”
Relax, Ladies. Don’t Be So Uptight. You Know You Want It (from Medium): “We are all byproducts of a collective mindset. Those who question the mindset of their time and shine light on its moral defects are considered malcontents. And yet, it is malcontents like MLK who are (later) lauded as heroes — not for upholding America’s values, for shaping them. Here’s a fun game. Ask yourself: What strongly held opinion of mine will my grandchildren one day struggle to understand?
The 23 percent of Americans who supported civil rights in 1963 knew exactly what they were doing. They didn’t accidentally do the right thing. They weren’t accidentally on the right side of history. Instead of bullheaded allegiance, they questioned, examined, and took a knee to the moral defects of their time.”
BEING MR. REASONABLE (from Current Affairs): “Perhaps no popular intellectual has ever better embodied this style than Sam Harris, the popular rationalist writer and podcaster. Harris came to prominence in 2004 with his book The End of Faith, as a core member of the “New Atheists,” who brought a new stridency—some might say dickishness—to secular intellectualism. To the New Atheists, religion was not just harmful but “poisoned everything,” and the faithful were not just wrong but “delusional.” Yet even in a group that included Christopher Hitchens and Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris stood out for the aggressiveness of his attacks on faith and the faithful. He attracted particular controversy for a series of remarks on Islam, calling the Koran the only worse source for objective morality than the Bible, declaring bluntly that “We are at war with Islam,” and insisting that someone who asks “What is the fucking point of having more Muslims in your society?” is being “perfectly rational” since this “is not the expression of xenophobia” but “the implication of statistics.” (The statistic in question being, according to Harris, that if “you take a community of Muslims from Syria or Iraq or any other country on Earth and place them in the heart of Europe, you are importing, by definition, some percentage, however small, of radicalized people.”)”
I’m Still Here After 20 Years Of Suicidal Thoughts: How Did That Happen? (from The Establishment): “Stigma is a silencing bully. World Mental Health Awareness Week (October 7th – 13th) aims to lift the stain suicide casts. Kate Spade. Anthony Bourdain. These are public deaths that have focused collective attention on depression’s brutality. Finally. More of us are sharing experiences, confronting myths. Hopefully, we’ll be heard, felt, understood. I was hospitalized after my near attempts. I’m stabler than I’ve been in two years, even if I’m not quite happy. Yet.”
And that’s all for this post. Stop by again next week–Same time, same channel!–for more fascinating links you can bookmark and browse. So until next time, happy reading!